what is chaotic, undisciplined skill? never heard of such a thing. the rap verse you posted was average. "but it has 10x more rhymes than the raven!" you see the problem here is that poets, such as poe, don't rely on rhymes as a strict means of boasting their skill. typically if a poet were to come out with a piece of work which was basically just a loosely organized array of nonsensical boasting about how well they could rhyme words, they wouldn't get very far. rappers rhyme excessively because it happens to sound good over a beat, not because the rhyme itself is a yardstick of literary value. in other words, rhymes are used in poetry to make the piece sound good, but they aren't the core focus of the piece. in rap, rhymes take more of a central role since it's musical in nature and how a verse sounds is more important than what a verse means. in poetry, rhymes aren't even necessary at all. for example: you could say rap lyrics are a form of poetry which focuses more on rhymes and other aesthetic values than actual content, but then you'd always have exceptions to that as well. for instance: verses like the one above have more of a cohesive message one could say that it is centered around the message rather than the rhyme pattern, yet the rhyme pattern is still there because hip hop is largely dependent on that structure. in my eyes, that's probably the best verse any rapper has ever spit. yet if it were released in its written form as a poem, i don't think it would ever gain as much acclaim as it did as a rap verse. the reasons for this are plentiful, the core theme being that rap and poetry, despite the similarities, are not directly comparable in terms of measuring quality. the verse would be too scattered and wordy to make a good poem. poetry is simplified, emotional text. mos could reword and simplify the verse and THEN it would be a good poem. i think this is sort of the definitive argument against the claim that rap isn't music but is actually poetry instead. even the poetic elements in rap are a product of the music, and are loosely restricted by its rules. a better case would be that rap is a form of music with more literary and linguistic emphasis than usual.